With the coronavirus keeping moviegoers at home, NETFLIX gets into the fray of first-run movies with the new PPV film called UNCORKED. It's a movie that is hard to define.
It's about a young man named Elijah, played by Mammoudu Athie, who wants to be a master sommelier. (A sommelier is a wine steward who is a wine expert and knows everything there is to know about wine, from what food the wine is compatible with to a description of the wine and even which part of the world the wine came from.) So, is it a movie about the world of wines?
Elijah also has a hardcore father, played by Courtney B. Vance, who wants his son to take over the family business, a BBQ joint in Memphis which has been family owned for three generations. Niecy Nash adds some flavor to the movie as the momma who loves her husband and loves her son. While she wants what's best for her family business, she also wants her son to be able to pursue his dreams.
Finally, there's also a love story between Elijah and a young woman, Tanya (Sasha Compere) who he meets in the liquor store where Elijah works part-time. She's a lot like Elijah's mother. She loves her man but is willing to make the sacrifice needed for him to achieve his dream.
So what kind of movie is UNCORKED? The answer is "all of the above." And to me, that is the problem with the movie. The short 111-minute movie runs off into too many different directions without giving a complete story on the family dynamic, the interesting world of being a wine expert, or the love story between Tanya and Elijah.
I was disappointed in the weak storytelling of the movie and, while the characters are likable and interesting, there just wasn't enough meat on the bone.
Uncorked is unrated and currently showing on NETFLIX. On my "Hollywood Popcorn Scale" I rate the movie a MEDIUM.